Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF), donated AED200,000 to the National Charity Schools, in a bid to alleviate financial burdens faced by parents of students from low income households. Fahad Al-Bannai, Head of Endowment Way-outs Section at AMAF, handed over the cheque to Dr Kamal Farhat, General Manager of the National Charity Schools at the AMAF headquarters in Dubai on Last week.
AMAF have five endowment accounts dedicated to supporting different sectors. These include - Social Affairs, Health, Education, Islamic Affairs, Piety and Righteousness. In 2016, our education endowment budget was AED700,000 – of which AED200,000 is being allocated to the National Charity Schools.
Speaking about the donation, Fahad Al-Bannai, Head of Endowment Way-outs Section at AMAF, said: “We are pleased to support the National Charity Schools that play an important role in providing quality education opportunities for individuals who are unable to pay tuition fees. This donation is in line with our commitment to empower and provide valued care for less privileged children - one of our core humanitarian goals.”
For his part, Dr Kamal Farhat, General Manager of the National Charity Schools, said: “Although we charge a very nominal tuition fee at National Charity Schools, some students from low-income families still face difficulties in paying the amount regularly and on time. We thank Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation for taking the initiative to support these students, ensure they benefit from an uninterrupted education and enjoy holistic growth."
The donation to National Charity Schools is expected to provide further education opportunities to children and alleviate any fee obligations on students and their families. The donation will be effectively channelized in coordination with the school administration and according to the need of each student.
AMAF regularly provides and manages endowment funds, to help set up successful projects that benefit the national economy and drive the UAE’s humanitarian agenda. Each fund investment is made in accordance with the guidelines of Islamic sharia and reinforces AMAF’s economic and social responsibility mandate.
The National Charity Schools were established under the patronage of His Excellency Juma Al Majid, prominent UAE businessman and philanthropist, to provide learning opportunities for children from lower income backgrounds. The organization has several branches across the United Arab Emirates and follows the Ministry of Education curriculum.